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Mr.Sookhoo And The Carol Singers
Transcript of Mr.Sookhoo And The Carol Singers
Yusra Sheikh Literat LANGUAGE:
Look at the language Mr. Sookhoo uses—it is consistently polite or rude or both? Find examples to support your answer.
How is the English spoken in Trinidad by these characters effectively captured in this story? What word in particular often appears in Mrs. Sookhoo's sentences? LANGUAGE:
1. Mr. Sookhoo uses both polite and rude language; when he wants, Mr. Sookhoo is polite and when he wants, he’s rude. This also shows us some of the character of Mr. Sookhoo—that he’s deceiving and uses people.
Rude: “Chut, woman!”
Polite: “My truck is at their disposal.”
2. It is effectively captured in the dialogue; from reading the dialogue in the story, you can understand the English spoken in Trinidad. You can also understand from the words used (for example, “I sure it not good”). The author has also used different grammar and vocabulary for different characters so that the reader can better understand how different social classes speak and also to be able to understand the personalities of the characters. The dialogue is essential in this story and must be used.
A word which appears particularly in Mrs. Sookhoo’s sentences is ‘man.’ For example, “what are you intending to do, man” and “be careful, man.” IRONY:
1)What is ironic about the following comments?
'Your generosity is overwhelming' (Mr. Archibald to Mr. Sookhoo)
'Remember it’s a worthy cause you singing for' (Mr. Sookhoo to the children)
'Pardon me for saying so, headmaster, but I think you've been taken for a ride' (The visitor to Mr. Archibald)
2)Can you find any other instances of irony? “Your generosity is overwhelming” (the Headmaster to Mr. Sookhoo).
He said this after he had offered to pay for the petrol of the truck. It is ironic because Mr. Sookhoo wasn’t being generous; rather, he was being selfish and greedy. He was greedy for more money and he was never generous. We know this because when Horace reminded Mr. Sookhoo for ice-cream, Mr. Sookhoo said that ice-cream is not sold in this shop. However, when Horace insisted that there is ice cream in the store Mr. Sookhoo replied “Well I say they don’t sell ice-cream here and therefore they don’t?” This proves that Mr. Sookhoo was never generous and this is why the fact that headmaster said Mr. Sookhoo was generous is ironic. “Remember it’s a worthy cause you singing for” (Mr. Sookhoo to the children).
It is ironic because it wasn’t a worthy cause the children were singing for to prove this it says on page 53 “Mr. Sookhoo folded the notes and put them into his pocket.” On the same page it says that Mr. Sookhoo told the children not to sing after they have already given a dollar to them. On page 49 Mr. Sookhoo tells his wife “once you could organize it properly it has a lot of money in it” This shows that he is getting the money for himself and that it’s not a worthy cause the children are singing for.
“Pardon me for saying so, headmaster, but I think you have been taken for a ride.” (The visitor to Mr. Archibald). The visitor is trying to say to Mr. Archibald that a man of such intelligence like his hadn’t understood Mr. Sookhoo’s scheme before. Whereas the visitor had understood this instantly as well as easily that the headmaster had been ‘used’ or ‘fooled’ by an illiterate man: Mr. Sookhoo. The thing that is most ironic about this comment given by the visitor is that a man with such intelligence like Mr. Archibald could not realize what Mr. Sookhoo was up to the whole time!
Mr. Archibald, before the visitor said the comment, said that he felt faint. This means that he was lacking of strength. And after also hearing this comment from the visitor, he repeated this word. This means that he was in a state of shock; he was very unstable. In conclusion, Mr. Archibald was very heart broken which also shows how hurt he was when he found out the truth. This is shown on page 59: ‘’ I really thought you had seen the light, Mr. Sookhoo. Mr. Archibald seemed on the verge of tears.’’ This shows that Mr. Archibald believed everything Mr. Sookhoo had said before. He was heartbroken when he found out about scandalous truth. FORESHADOWING:
1)How do Mrs. Sookhoo's words foreshadow events on more than one occasion? On several occasions Mrs. Sookhoo gives out slight warnings on a particular event or situation which indicates and improvises to the reader that a dilemma will occur. For example, “Thinking! I sure it not good for you!”. We can infer from this that whatever Mr. Sookhoo was thinking would end poorly , this foreshadows that occasion. “You will go to jail , Sookhoo “ This also indicates to the reader that the concluding event will end poorly. Both these examples foreshadow the ending to the reader. STRUCTURE:
1)How does the story come full circle at the end with Mrs. Sookhoo's words?
2)Short stories have to work harder to grab our interest at the beginning. How are we enticed into this story and how effective is its conclusion? 1) The story takes a 360 degree turn as we reach towards the ending , it goes back to Mrs. Sookhoo’s words and predictions. She warned him that his scheme would get uncovered, and he would get caught and eventually go to jail. The story ends with Mr. Sookhoo getting caught, having his plans unmasked and getting sent to jail. 2) At the beginning of the story we are given a brief introduction on Mr. Sookhoo and his surroundings. We then get caught in a discussion between Mr. Sookhoo and his wife, which grabs the readers attention as they begin to learn more about his character. As we go on, we hear his plan and are immediately captured to what the ending would be. As we go nearer to the end, the story takes flame and ends with an expected yet satisfying ending. Thank you for paying attention , you may now enjoy (or recieve) your long earned candy!